Quartzville Creek – National Wild and Scenic River

Quartzville Creek

A tributary of the Middle Santiam River 28 miles (45 km) in length, Quartzville Creek was recognized as a National Wild and Scenic River for its stunning scenic view, resource and recreational opportunities. Running along the crystal-clear emerald waters of Quartzville Creek, the Quartzville Corridor northeast of the end of Green Peter Reservoir is managed by BLM. The road is paved and varies from two to one lane with turnouts. The recreation area offers a variety of recreation opportunities:

-wildlife viewing
-gold panning.

Undeveloped camping is allowed on public lands within the corridor between Quartzville Road and Creek. If camping is not allowed, the area is blocked or signed. Camping is prohibited on the other side of Quartzville Creek. Fires are allowed to build in steel fires rings only. There is a 14-day stay limit during 30 consecutive day period.

Quartzville Developed Recreation Sites

Quartzville Creek County Group Campground

Located near Green Peter Reservoir at the confluence of Trout Creek and Quartzville Creek, Quartzville Creek County Group Campground offers accommodation groups of approximately 50 people with tents and RVs.

Access allowed: Year-round, no day-use.
Milepost 15, Quartzville Drive
Phone (for reservation):

Dogwood Recreation Site (BLM Day Use)

Dogwood Recreation Site is a small recreation area with picnic sites and the river frontage.

Access allowed: May-September
Service: Picnic sites, vault toilet
Fees: None
Address: Milepost 18, Quartzville Drive
Phone: 541-367-2010

Yellowbottom Recreation Site (BLM Campground & Day-Use)

Yellowbottom Recreation Site is one of the most prolific camping sites in Oregon, despite being relatively small (22 tent campsites and 12 picnic areas), mainly because of its natural aura and spectacular beauty of an outdoor setting. Edged from the Quartzville Creek River, this area is located 6 miles east of  Dogwood Recreation Site.  This is a 13-acre campground where much of the water that feeds the Green Peter Reservoir pass, enriched with natural woods for outdoor hikers. Yellowbottom Recreation Site is one of the most popular swimming holes in this area that offers swimming, cliff jumping, and rope swinging opportunities.

Access allowed: May-September
Service: Picnic sites, vault toilet, drinking water
Fees: Yes
Address: Milepost 24, Quartzville Drive
Phone: 541-367-2010
Camping reservation: First come - first served

Old Miners Meadow (BLM Group Use Area)

A two-acre group use area, Old Miners Meadow is located one mile east of Yellowbotom Recreation Site. The area is available by reservation only.

Access allowed: May-September
Service: Picnic tables, group and individual campfire rings, group grill, vault toilet, no drinking water
Address: Milepost 25, Quartzville Drive
Phone (for reservation): 503-897-2406

The best access route is when driving from Sweet Home Oregon. Once you branch of Highway 20, take the Quartzville Access Road and drive towards the Green Peter Reservoir until you reach the Quartzville Creek. Drive to the left of the Creek, taking the Quartzville Road, and you will find

-Quartzville Creek County Group Campground after 15 miles
-Dogwood Recreation Site after 18 miles
-Yellowbottom Recreation Site after 24 miles
-Old Miners Meadow after 25 miles.

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